Achieving real success
A Christian Science perspective: On overcoming limitations to right activity.
January 20, 2017 —Most of us are touched when we see individuals achieve outcomes that have required extraordinary dedication, particularly when they’ve overcome hostile predictions or overwhelming circumstances. We cheer teams that come from behind. We value co-workers, friends, and family for their persistence, especially when a goal is particularly challenging to achieve.
What’s the secret to such achievements?
One woman who moved mountains as a Christian healer, spiritual teacher, author, and founder of this newspaper – at a time when women were not welcome in the workplace or on the pulpit – was Mary Baker Eddy. She said, “The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 199).
Yet while many have proved that quality of thought makes a huge difference in the quality of outcomes, her teaching went well beyond the importance of human mental focus alone. It had everything to do with learning that God is the source of all ability.
Prayer is the ultimate “devotion of thought.” And it’s through turning to God as the present source of our true consciousness, which expresses the divine nature, that we discover we are never just striving humans, but are truly what God has known us to be all along. We are expressions of spiritual freedom – including the freedom to achieve whatever it is ours to do.